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1OA Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 CRiSiS.from page 9A Fewer students, fewer teach- ers. He said, "We'll be having the conversations here in February and March about doing enrolhnent projections. "We do a lot of analyses of enrollment projections they're not just what do you think's coming in next year-- we share the analysis we did last year and how we do it. "We do several different types of analyses, regression and cohort analyses, to really get a fairly accurate handle on what those projections can be." Harris said once the stu- dent projections are known. tile principals at each school look at the nmnbers and the types of credentials faculty have to figure out where they are going to lose faculty, and ultimately sect ions. He said the, district doesn't tell schools exactly which sections will be lost. Faculty semority and credentials at the individual schools and district-wide influence that decision, because that is the system in this district. Teachers have the right to use seniority district-wide to bump others to keep their jobs because of contracts and state law. In addition to student en- rolhnent and faculty, facility maintenance and conditions also play a part. It may be that the cost of upgrading a particular building may be so high that it rules out use of that facility. Transportation is another huge cost for PUSD. Harris said Plumas County is proba- bly one of the most uniquely challenged counties in the state because it is so spread out geographically. Returning to address the board discussion about school viability, Harris said, "The decisions of the school district or county office of ed- ucation, this organizational system, are going to be deci- sions that are based on data. data-driven decisions. "We will not make deci- sions based on emotional re- actions to things. We will make decisions that are in the best interests of all stu- dents serving this county. "We are not the Portola school district: we are not Quincy school district: we are not Indian Valley and we are not Chester High School separate school districts. "We have an obligation and commitment to all students in this county. Hence the de- cision the district and the governing board need to con- sider is the impact of their decision on all communities. That's really important for people to understand." Some of the avenues Harris is investigating include part- nerships with Feather River College to provide online and distance learning, but there is a lot of infrastructure work to be done for that broadband. bandwidth. ISP providers across the Sierra. In the context of online learning, Harris said the high schools need to be on the same schedule, not necessarily the same classes at the same times, but arranged so that a teacher in Chester could teach a math class via Polycom to students in Portola. Speaking generally about the board's discussion in Jan- uary, Harris said. "Some- times we can say things in conversation that make peo- ple believe, or we even might believe it. that it is highly fac- tual information. In actuality it may not be. In other words, you may just be stating an opinion, but it may not be highly factual it's just an opinion. As people get emo- tions revved up, we all have feelings and that creates opinion. "I want the decisions that are made by this organization to be decisions based on as much accurate information that we can have to make a very well-informed decision. The more information we have that's accurate, hopeful- ly the better informed our de- cision will be. whatever it is." In response to being in- formed that the newspaper was hearing from Indian Val- ley residents and that Su- sanville radio had reported Greenville High School would be closed. Harris said, "I will go on record again to say that the school district and county office of educa- tion are r~ght now. currently, not discussing any items -~ ~:--lllllt,,~.. .~ _ Feather River Bulletin related to the closure or stay- ing open of Greenville High School. "So, what people are hear- ing are rumors. There is no intent and we will not make our decisions based on per- sonal feelings or reactions to what people want or don't want. They will be based on looking at data, informed de- cisions and a diversity of people to assess where we're going and how we get there. "So in the short term, like my comment at the last board meeting was meant to say, this is not a conversation about keeping Greenville High School open or closing. It isn't. We're not having that conversation. I'm not. I mean, there is a group of people (who) want to have that con- versation for whatever rea- sons. Fine. so be it. But that's not the conversation we need to have right now." 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